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Delhi employees top non-work related web surfers in office

A study jointly conducted by Websense and The Nielsen Company India reveals that employees in Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Hyderabad on an average spend five hours per week on personal surfing, the highest being employees from Delhi, who spend more than 12 hours a week.

According to the study, enterprises in India incur a productivity loss of Rs 1.6 lakh per employee, due to surfing of non-work related websites during the working day.

A study jointly conducted by Websense and The Nielsen Company India reveals that employees in Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Hyderabad on an average spend five hours per week on personal surfing, the highest being employees from Delhi, who spend more than 12 hours a week.

According to the study, enterprises in India incur a productivity loss of Rs 1.6 lakh per employee, due to surfing of non-work related websites during the working day.

The study findings are based on a survey of IT managers in 450 organisations which included both large businesses and small and medium enterprises providing internet access to employees at work.

During the survey, IT managers cited banking and finance websites (74%), personal email/web-chat sites (62%) and news-media websites (53%) as the top sites accessed by employees. Thirty two per cent of the IT managers surveyed also feel their employees access free software download sites.

IT managers also believe that employees sending work documents to personal email accounts (35%), clicking on links sent by unknown sources (32%) and employees who send an official email to the wrong email account (34%) pose great security risk to their organisation.

“The survey findings are an eye-opener and highlight how essential it is for Indian IT managers to prioritise their IT security spend into technologies that protect organisations from emerging Web based security threats and confidential data loss,” Surendra Singh, regional director, SAARC and India, Websense, has said.

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